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Taye wins 5K on opening night of the Prefontaine Classic

May. 28, 2022 01:38 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ejgayehu Taye of Ethiopia bested world record holder Letesenbet Gidey in the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night. Taye surged on the final lap to win in a meet record and personal best 14 minutes, 12.98 seconds, ahead of fellow Ethiopian...

World 100 champion Coleman back up to speed after suspension

May. 27, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

The 18-month suspension is behind Christian Coleman. He's set on quickly returning to where he left off: Being the world's top sprinter. This weekend's Prefontaine Classic will be a big first step in what could be a prosperous run in Eugene, Oregon, for the 100-meter world champion. ...

Arizona opens inaugural Pac-12 tourney with win over Ducks

May. 25, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Susac hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning for his second of the game, and fifth-seeded Arizona beat No. 4 seed Oregon 8-6 on Wednesday to open the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament. Arizona (36-21) bounced back from getting swept in Eugene, Oregon,...

Portland man sent to federal prison for pot shop robbery

May. 11, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man affiliated with two Portland street gangs has been sentenced to federal prison for robbing a Eugene marijuana store, federal officials said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office — District of Oregon said Timothy Gaines, 30, was sentenced Wednesday to...

Man arrested for calling 911 emergency number over 100 times

Apr. 26, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A man who called 911 more than 100 times was arrested in Eugene on Tuesday for misusing the emergency number. Avery Boniface of Eugene, began calling the Eugene Police Department non-emergency number at about 3 a.m. Monday, KEZI-TV reported. He...

Sheriff: 1 missing kayaker found dead, 1 still missing in OR

Apr. 26, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — One of two kayakers who did not return from a weekend trip has been found dead in the Long Tom River near Corvallis and a second kayaker remains missing, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. Family members identified the body of Joseph Bendix, 26,...

Man who made threats related to sexual orientation sentenced

Apr. 25, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene, Oregon, man who ran a white supremacist website and sent letters that terrorized a community college professor was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison. Gary Franklin, 58, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of threatening...

Party goers throw bottles, cans at police near university

Apr. 24, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Officers had glass bottles and canned food thrown at them when they attempted to break up a party that drew as many as 1,000 people to a neighborhood near the University of Oregon, police said. Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said the weekend party included...

Former OHA worker allegedly embezzled COVID vax funds

Apr. 21, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon Health Authority employee has been indicted by a Marion County grand jury for allegedly embezzling nearly $1.5 million in federal COVID-19 funds intended to support the state’s vaccination effort. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports an arrest...

Eugene Starbucks first in Oregon to unionize

Apr. 13, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Baristas and other employees at an Oregon Starbucks have voted to unionize, the first in the state and the latest in a nationwide push to organize the coffee shop chain. The South Eugene Starbucks unanimously approved the formation of a union Wednesday,...